Tottenham's 10 Best Moments Under Harry Redknapp
All good things must come to an end, even if the charming press conferences, the coy answers and the even more coy denials said otherwise.
After a couple of weeks of speculation, it has been all but confirmed that Harry Redknapp will be leaving Tottenham this week. Redknapp's contract situation couldn't be worked out to either the club or the manager's liking.
In his four years at Tottenham, Redknapp took a club lagging at the foot of the Premier League table to the quarterfinals of the Champions League to limbo after finishing fourth, only to be dropped from the Champions League due to Chelsea's win in the final.
While there have certainly been some trying moments during his tenure, Redknapp has been one of the most successful coaches Spurs have had in the last 30 years, with many accomplishments and moments of glory to back the stats up.
10. Climbing Up the Table in 2008-2009
After a harrowing start under Juande Ramos that included six losses in the opening eight matches, Ramos was sacked and Redknapp installed as manager from Portsmouth.
Three wins in his first four matches saw Spurs lifted from the root of the table and, after a rough patch at the end of the 2008, Tottenham steadily rose up the table, finishing eighth and reaching the FA Cup final, which they lost to Manchester United on penalties.
It was a promising sign for Tottenham fans, who were eagerly anticipating what the following season would hold for them.
9. The 4-4 Draw with Arsenal in 2008
Redknapp's second match in charge of the squad took place at the Emirates Stadium as Tottenham faced Arsenal in what was arguably the best match of the season.
As the highlights above show, from the moment David Bentley scored from 40-plus yards out, the match was always going to be a show.
But the best was in the dying moments as, with Spurs down 4-2, Jermaine Jenas and Aaron Lennon both struck to level the scores and land one of the great sucker punches to the other half of North London.
In the early stages of the 2009-2010 season, Tottenham were hosting Wigan in a pretty uneventful match.
Tottenham were leading 1-0 at halftime and looked to have the match secured after going up 3-0, only for Wigan to grab a goal to draw the lead to 3-1.
Then...well, suffice to say, a hiding broke out.
Jermaine Defoe ripped the net five times while the other goals came from Bentley, Lennon, Peter Crouch and Niko Kranjcar.
7. The First 20 Games of the 2011-2012 Season
After a miserable start against the Manchester clubs, Tottenham regrouped and made a smashing run through the rest of the Premier League, only losing to Stoke City in the following 18 matches.
During that time, Arsenal were floundering and Spurs found themselves entrenched in third place, even beginning to raise the possibility that the squad could challenge for top honors in the league.
Their zenith would come five games later after the 5-0 thrashing of Newcastle, but would tail off after a combination of events and a devastating defeat to the other half of North London began a heavy downward slide.
6. Tottenham Beat BSC Young Boys to Make the Group Stage
Having qualified for the playoff round, Tottenham still had to beat Switzerland's BSC Young Boys to make the group stage of the Champions League.
It was certainly not an easy task, however, as the Swiss outfit roared out to a quick 3-0 lead in Bern.
A better second-half display saw Spurs go to the Lane down 3-2 on aggregate, only to smash the Swiss squad, 4-0, thanks to a Peter Crouch hat trick, ensuring Tottenham more thrills in the coming months.
5. Back-to-Back Wins over Arsenal and Chelsea, April 2010
As the possibility of Champions League was becoming more and more a reality, a slip-up against Sunderland shot Manchester City in front of Spurs with a daunting double of London derbies in front of them, followed by a Manchester double.
When previous Spurs squads might have folded, Redknapp's men turned the tables on their North London adversaries by claiming a 2-1 victory at White Hart Lane (including THAT Danny Rose goal against Arsenal).
Even better was the result four days later after Spurs also dumped Chelsea 2-1 to keep control of fourth place in the league.
The wins set up a Champions League showdown with Manchester City for the fourth and final spot from the Premier League three matches later.
4. Arsenal 2-3 Tottenham, 11/20/2010
Beating Arsenal always has a special meaning for Tottenham fans, but winning on the road against Arsenal has been a bit of a problem for Spurs.
It looked to be no different in their November encounter in the 2010-2011 season, but that was before the second half kicked off.
Goals from Gareth Bale and Rafael van der Vaart canceled out Arsenal's 2-0 lead before Younes Kaboul put his noggin in the right spot to send the Spurs fans into raptures and the rest of the fans to the pubs for some soul-searching.
3. Tottenham Eliminate AC Milan from the Champions League
After the monumental achievement of getting out of Group A as winners, Tottenham were matched up with AC Milan in the knockout round of the Champions League.
In their return to the San Siro after the group stages, Tottenham stunned the Italian giants with a 1-0 win after a Peter Crouch winner 10 minutes from time.
Back at the Lane, Tottenham held the Rossoneri at bay for 90 minutes and secured advancement to the quarterfinals.
Granted, once there against Real Madrid, Spurs got thrashed about, but the trip was only secured after Spurs beat the Italian champions.
2. The Inter Milan Matches
In perhaps the most thrilling moments of the 2010-2011 Champions League, Inter Milan looked to blast upstart Tottenham into the stratosphere after amassing a 4-0 lead at the San Siro.
Down to 10 men after Heurelho Gomes was sent off, Gareth Bale exploded into life, bagging a hat trick and putting Inter's fantastic right back Maicon on notice that the following encounter at the Lane would be a battle.
What transpired at the Lane would inspire legendary mention, as Spurs slammed into Inter Milan (the holders, it should be noted) with aplomb and finished off a magical night with a 3-1 win.
Tottenham cemented their place as an attacking threat for all the world to see, but also piled pressure upon themselves to maintain Champions League football, a factor that may have brought us to the current time and place.
1. Tottenham Secure Champions League Football over Manchester City
Many of the following events would not have even occurred had Tottenham not pulled off the win that would see the squad claim fourth place at the end of the 2009-2010 season.
After the wins over Arsenal and Chelsea and a loss to Manchester United, Tottenham and Manchester City would lock horns at Eastlands to determine who would claim fourth place as the final Champions League spot.
A point above City at the start of the match, Tottenham and City slugged it out before Peter Crouch came up with the winner inside the final 10 minutes, mathematically eliminating City from Champions League contention.
The result set up a magical 2010-2011 season and perhaps the disappointment that followed in the following seasons of not returning to the Champions League.
In any case, Harry Redknapp must be commended for the work he has done for Tottenham in four years' time.
His successor will certainly have some lofty expectations to meet.